Phil Carmen (born Herbert Hofmann, February 14, 1953 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Swiss musician and producer of Canadian heritage.
Carmen grew up in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and in Lucerne, Switzerland. In Lucerne, he went to the Conservatory, but later studied bookkeeping. In 1975, he decided to turn to music. With bassist Mike Thompson (born Marcel Galuzzi), he founded the duo Carmen & Thompson, playing especially country music. The single “Time Moves On” reached #31 on the Italian charts in 1980, and in 1981 they appeared at the San-Remo-Festival performing the song “Follow Me”.
After seven years of stage experience Phil Carmen founded the Picar Studios in Stein am Rhein, Switzerland in 1982 and recorded two solo albums which attracted little attention until 1985, when he had a hit with the LP Walkin’ the Dog, which reached #3 in the Swiss charts. The single “On My Way to LA” was his greatest success and climbed in the summer of 1985 to #18 in Germany and #9 in Switzerland. “On My Way to LA” was also used in the television series Wild West in 1988. His 1986 album Wise Monkeys hit #1 on the Swiss charts, while the single “Moonshine Still” reached #10. His last successful album as a solo artist was City Walls (1987), which went to #10 in Switzerland. The corresponding promotional tour led to the Live in Montreux album with the same band line up of Brian Auger on organ, Pick Withers and Larry E. Van on drums, Dick Morrissey on sax, Steve Dawson on trumpet, Steve Evens on bass, and Sabine van Baaren, backing vocals.
In 1986 he founded the country band Clover Leaf. His 1993 album Skyline again featured Dick Morrissey and also Richard Tee. In 1996 he released an album of Bob Dylan covers, Bob Dylan’s Dream, as well as the album Drive and a greatest hits compilation, Cool & Collected: Best of Phil Carmen and Mike Thompson. His subsequent releases include On My Way to L.A. (1999), Back from L.A. Live (1999), No Sweat (2007), and two greatest hits collections, Millennium Collection (2002) and My Way: Hits & Rarities (2007). (by wikipedia)
This is a re-releas of his album “Back From L.A. Live” from 1994 and it´s a nearly percect live album … not only because of all these great vomposition, but becaus of this fantastic bad … read the line-up list and you will know what I mean.
You will here a very relaxed westcoast sound, full of magic moments, great solos and the beautiful voice Of Phil Carmen.
Listen, close your eyes and dream !
Paul Burgess (drums)
Leslie-Ann Carmen (guitar, keyboards, percussion, vocals)
Phil Carmen (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Liane Carroll (keybpards, accordeon, vocals)
Jerry Donahue (guitar, vocals)
Peter Kaiser (bass)
Walter Kaiser (drums)
Mostafa Krieger (trumpet)
Rolf Krüger (keyboards)
Dick Morrissey (saxophone)
Helmut Schöni (pedal steel-guitar, percussion)
Original front + backcover
01. I Met You At Midnight (Carmen/Brouhton) 3.14
02.Slow Turning (Hiatt) 4.18
03. Moonshine Still (Carmen/Sanders) 5.35
04. Feeling Alright (P.Carmen/L.Carmen) 4.40
05. You Said It (Carmen/Sanders) 3.40
06. Call Me The Breeze (Cale) 5.05
07. On My Way To L.A. (Carmen/Sanders) 7.40
08. Born Rider (P.Carmen/L.Carmen) 3.07
09. Just Like A Woman (Dylan) 4.48
10. Borderline Down (Carmen/Sanders) 4.43
11. Baby It’s A Long Way (Carmen/Lewis) 3.50
12. Cool Night Water (Carmen/Sanders) 7.06
13. Prisoner Of Her Soul (P.Carmen/L.Carmen) 3.50